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Definition of Strappado
Strappado Strap*pa"do, v. t.
To punish or torture by the strappado. --Milton.
StrappadoStrappado Strap*pa"do, n.; pl. Strappadoes. [It. strappata a
pull, the strappado, from strappare to pull, from Prov. G.
strapfen: cf. G. straff tense, stretched.]
A military punishment formerly practiced, which consisted in
drawing an offender to the top of a beam and letting him fall
to the length of the rope, by which means a limb was often
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